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Legislative Update on 2023 Public Records Bills

Wednesday, May 31, 2023
10 AM - 11:30 AM
Cost: FREE


Registration closes on Tuesday, May 30 at 5 PM. All registrants will also receive a link to view the webinar recording.

Webinar Overview

Since the Public Records Act (PRA) was adopted by Washington voters in 1972, the state legislature has amended the statute and other records statutes many times, especially in the last several years. Public records practitioners must stay on top of these statutory changes to remain in compliance with the law, particularly in the face of significant technological advances that have considerably changed the number, size, and complexity of the records that local governments across Washington must manage and disclose.

Educational Objectives

This webinar will discuss the most significant public records bills passed during the 2023 state legislative session and other legal trends. Time will also be set aside for a general question and answer session with the presenters. 

Who Should Attend?

  • Attorneys and legal staff of local governments, as well as private attorneys with local government clients, elected officials, public record officers (PRO) and other staff who work with public records requests.


  • Morgan Damerow, Assistant Attorney General, Washington State Attorney General’s Office (AGO). In 2022, Morgan was appointed the AGO’s Open Government Ombuds. He is also the Lead Attorney and one of the program consultants for the AGO’s Local Government PRA Consultation Program; serving in this capacity since 2018. Morgan has been with the state since 2003 representing dozens of state agencies in significant PRA cases in front of trial courts, the Court of Appeals, and the State Supreme Court.  
  • Sarah Doar, Legal Consultant, MRSC. Sarah joined MRSC in September 2018, after serving as Civil Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Island County. At MRSC, Sarah provides guidance and training to municipalities on many aspects of government, including compliance with public records and open meeting laws, land use issues, and environmental law.